Chinese Internet giant Tencent recently released version 2.0 for its personal cloud storage Micro Cloud (Weiyun in Chinese) with a number of features that aims to turn the product into an integration service from a storage service. The new 2.0 version is expected to hit market on January 15 (source in Chinese).

Tencent also announced that Micro Cloud registered more than 300 million users as of present, just seven months after the service hit 100 million user milestone in May 2013.

In addition to storing pictures, videos and audios, the revamped Micro Cloud 2.0 allows users to save websites, files, and notes via the service. All forms of documents saved on Micro Cloud are being synchronized across multiple devices, enabling users to check, edit and share them on different terminals.

Tencent also integrated Micro Cloud to other document sharing products under the company, like QQ Offline Transmission, QQ Mail, QQ Album, among others.

Tencent is in talks with hardware manufacturers to embed Micro Cloud into smartphones and wearable devices via pre-installation or API access, said Ji Shunyou, deputy manager of Tencent Cloud Platform.

Ji added that Micro Cloud will continue the tie-ups with WeChat and aims to become one part of the solution plan for WeChat public accounts.

Tencent rolled out Micro Cloud in July 2012 with four components include a cloud-based storage disk; a photo album; a Wi-Fi hotspot transfer feature and a cross-device clipboard feature.

Micro Cloud started to offer a jaw-dropping 10TB of free cloud storage from August 2013, when leading cloud storage companies waged a cloud storage war back then.

Chinese IT triumvirate known as BAT (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) all laid out in personal cloud storage sector. Alibaba acquired leading domestic cloud storage service Kanbox in September last year. Baidu Cloud announced 100 million users last September and established partnership with storage solution provider Western Digital in last December.

Emma Lee (Li Xin) was TechNode's e-commerce and new retail reporter until June 2022, when she moved to Sixth Tone to cover technology and consumption. Get in touch with her via lixin@sixthtone.com or Twitter.

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